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AP Top Science News at 5:41 a.m. EST

Rhode Island School of Design works with NASA on Mars suit
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PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) -- When scientists are trying to figure out how to live in near-isolation in a dome to simulate a Mars mission, the last thing they'll need is an ill-fitting space suit. So one of the nation's top design schools has come to the rescue....

Indians look for solutions only when toxic pollution soars
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NEW DELHI (AP) -- The truth of New Delhi's toxic air finally hit home for Rakhi Singh when her 3-year-old son began to cough constantly early this year. She bought air purifiers for her home. When a thick, gray haze turned the view outside her home into a scene from a bad science fiction film last month, she bought pollution masks....

Indonesia takes new step to combat loss of forests, fires
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JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) -- Indonesia has strengthened its moratorium on converting peat swamps to plantations in a move a conservation research group says will help prevent annual fires and substantially cut the country's carbon emissions if properly implemented....





Southern Madagascar to suffer drought impact into 2017
ANTANANARIVO, Madagascar (AP) -- Some rain fell in southern Madagascar last week, a rare piece of good news for a drought-hit region where nearly 1 million people face severe hunger because of failed harvests. But aid groups warn that more rain is needed for the current crop-planting season to succeed and they expect the dire humanitarian situation to stretch into 2017....

Study: Warming to trigger 3 times as many downpours in US
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Extreme downpours - like those that flooded Louisiana, Houston and West Virginia earlier this year - will happen nearly three times as often in the United States by the end of the century, and six times more frequently in parts of the Mississippi Delta, according to a new study....

Rare weasel species makes a comeback in Washington state
MOUNT RAINIER NATIONAL PARK, Wash. (AP) -- The elusive weasel-like mammal poked its head out of the wooden crate, glanced around and quickly darted into the thick forest of Mount Rainier National Park - returning to a landscape where it had been missing for seven decades....

Australia considers charging power generators for pollution
CANBERRA, Australia (AP) -- Australia will consider making electrical power companies pay for greenhouse gas pollution they create, three years after the government scrapped the national carbon tax, a Cabinet minister said Monday....

Bear hunt resumes, firearms only, after upright bear's death
FREDON, N.J. (AP) -- Hunters have headed out across parts of the state for the second half of this year's bear hunt following the apparent death of a bear that walked upright like a human....

New Hampshire looks for answers behind oyster outbreaks
DURHAM, N.H. (AP) -- For the past 25 years, researcher Stephen Jones has tried to understand the threat that bacteria may pose to oysters in New Hampshire's Great Bay estuary. He often couldn't get funding to study the problem. But that is beginning to change as scientists notice "something is going on."...

Researchers grow protective biological soil crusts
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) -- In a greenhouse at Northern Arizona University, a professor is researching an oft-overlooked ecological field that could play an important role in preventing erosion and helping plants grow....